Motivation can come from the least source

2017-08-10 06:02
my takeThobile Ndzube

my takeThobile Ndzube

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This week I want to take a different angle from the normal.

Most readers, I would assume, look forward to the next instalment in this series of articles.

Columnists are only driven by a desire to share thoughts.

Motivation is at the centre of it all, and relevance is the cue.

Today, I want to confess that I also look forward to my thoughts appearing on paper. I also source my motivation from outside, so to speak. Our country has no shortage of such people.

Motivation sometimes comes in small packages or unassuming individuals.

I have come across a lot such people and they have played their part in helping me shine some light in some other people.

Some try hard to impress, while some think they are the Creator’s blessing to mankind. I have learnt a couple of things, like giving each individual attention. One such individual is Sihle Tshabalala, a former convict who has managed to turn his life and that of others around. I met with him at a session organised by an organisation called Kopano. Now, Kopano helps wannabe entrepreneurs and the lot.

There we other speakers during the workshop who spoke matter-of-fact, but Sihle’s story was the icing on the tasty cake, so to say. In his teens, Sihle was arrested for armed robbery and spent the next 15 years behind bars. During his time in the slammer, he armed himself with the skill of computer programming, development, design and website maintenance. Out of jail, he founded Brothers For All, a programme to train youngsters from Langa and elsewhere Computer Coding. Today, these kids are being place in companies and have secured jobs with them.

His is a remarkable story, a young man turning his life around against all odds, helping others and thus becoming a motivator and business person.

I wish to hail Sihle for this information, which has served to motivate me to do more. I have asked the editor to follow-up with you so that you can tell your story in your own words.

  • Sihle has been featured in this paper on numerous occasions. I hope Mr Ndzube not only reads his own column in the paper, but all the stories- Editor

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